Mandola

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My mandola is a Weber A model I bought from the Folk Shop in 2000 with my tax refund. I walked into the Folk Shop a bit depressed, not expecting to buy anything, and this instrument just sort of spoke to me. I played it in the shop for about 2 hours and wrote a song (Castillo), and decided it would be good to take this instrument with me in case any more songs fell out of it. (Yes, many more have.) It has a bit of a nasal voice, very mild and understated. It likes to play middle-eastern and African-sounding music. Sometimes I tune it 1-5-1-5. Sometimes I string it with only four strings instead of eight. And when a string breaks, sometimes I play it with three strings.

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